The Morning Mix

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– As a “proud” alum of the 2002 D-III National runner-ups, I think it’s pretty awesome that the D-II and D-III Final Fours will be part of the 2013 Final Four in Atlanta.

Have a look at all the attendance figures from 2011-2012. As you could expect, Kentucky led the way. Syracuse was second, but led in total fans. Well, that will happen when you play in a dome. More so, that will happen when you play in a place that can seat 7,000 more fans than the next largest arena

– Nobody does this type of story better than Dana O’Neil. She checks in on former-March Madness darling Harold Arceneaux

– I’m not sure if there is a “college basketball” sub-genre of fictional short stories, but if there was, this would win all sorts of literary award

– Don’t look now, but the CAA could be nearing the end of it’s “Golden Age”. There are a lot of reasons why, and this article should cover all the bases

– The Ivy League is getting a TV deal with NBC Sports, but they aren’t getting a post-season tournament

– Mike Huguenin on why the ACC’s new TV deal is a important to the Big East and their search for a new commissioner

– Eamonn Brennan provides your weekly post addressing the “one and done” rule

– I can’t believe I actually enjoyed a post written by Jeff Borzello. But you should read it, even if his head-shot does look like something he pulled from his 8th grade yearbook. Oh, I forgot to mention what it’s about: It’s not Kentucky’s fault the NCAA is investigating Nerlens Noel

– What’s this? Louisville wants out of the Big East? It doesn’t work like that. You don’t just “want in” one year, then a decade later “want out”. If a university wants to change conferences every ten years, why don’t we just get rid of all the conferences all together?

– Texas Tech freshman guard DeShon “Biggie” Minnis will transfer to Rhode Island. Don’t look now, but Danny Hurley is stockpiling talent up in Kingston

Anthony Davis eats a hot wing. Yes, that’s totally video-worthy

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

Larry Krystkowiak
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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

Frank Martin
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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.